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Don't Delay! Do your FAFSA Today.

All students, both new and current, should complete the FAFSA. The first step is to create an account (FSA ID) with the Department of Education. FAFSA is an annual application that opens on October 1st for each upcoming academic year. The form, as well as a list of information needed to complete it, can be found at You will also need to designate Harford Community College to receive your aid information. Harford Community College's school code is 002075.

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows FAFSA applicants who have already filed their federal income tax returns to pre-fill the answers to some questions by transferring data directly from the federal income tax return. Although the applicant will not be able to see the information on the application, items transferred will say, "Transferred from the IRS". This process can save time, ensure accuracy, and make you less likely to be selected for verification.

Calculating Aid

Eligibility depends on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), your year in college, whether you are full- or part-time, and the cost of attendance (COA).

Once you complete your FAFSA, we will notify you as to how much financial aid you are eligible to receive and request additional documentation, if needed.



Some students may be selected for verification after submitting their FAFSA. Don't worry, it doesn't mean you're not eligible for aid. There are various reasons you could have been selected, some random, some specific. Provide the documentation requested and if you have questions, give us a call.

Tip: To lessen the chance of being selected for verification, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing your FAFSA.